“I felt I was damned if I did, damned if I didn’t,” wrote Piroska Nagy, an IMF employee, in a letter to investigators about her 2008 affair with the institution’s managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. She called him “A man with a problem that may make him ill-equipped to lead an institution where women work under his command.” (Strauss-Kahn admitted the affair was an “error of judgement” but denied he had abused his position.)
Three years later, Nafissatou Diallo, a maid at New York City’s Sofitel hotel, accused Strauss-Kahn, a hotel guest, of raping her. Never mind that the story of Tristane Banon, who accused Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape years earlier, closely echoed Diallo’s. Never mind that the politician was known for his “taste for women” and “a somewhat unbridled sex life,” according to a French journalist who followed him to stripper clubs and a prostitute hangout at the Bois de Boulogne. Strauss-Kahn claimed the incident was consensual, and was cleared of all charges.